Who would have guessed? Mary Hayashi apparently has the hots for Bob Wieckowski, who is running against her for California Senate. And Mary, a Battlestar Galactica fan, is not shy about letting him know her amorous intent: she’s set up a website, FrackBob.com, to pursue him. I have to say I’m disappointed. Mary is a married woman, and her husband, Dennis Hayashi, is a sweetheart. I think she should give up on Bob and FrackDennis.com instead.
After months of covering and uncovering dirt on the different political candidates, the press is now writing about how dirty campaigns have gotten, but it turns out that mudslinging is a very old American political tradition. When John Adams ran against Jefferson for the Presidency back in 1800, he accused him of being “a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father”. Jefferson retaliated accusing Adams of “having a “hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.” And then [Continue Reading]
May 19, 2014 Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform 722 12th Street, NW Suite 400 Washington, D.C. 20005 Dear Mr. Norquist, I’m very concerned that our political philosophies may be starting to merge. I commend you on wanting to name three thousand items in the country after Ronald Reagan. As you know, I was in the state legislature when Ronald was governor and I fondly remember his signing the largest tax increase in the more than hundred year history of our state. That Reagan tax increase stood as the state’s largest until of course the early 1990s, when Governor Pete [Continue Reading]
ALAMEDA LABOR COUNCIL, AFL-CIO Resolution In Support of Civil Liberties in Oakland and Alameda County Adopted unanimously at the Mar. 10, 2014 Alameda Labor Council Delegates’ Meeting. Whereas the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO, supports and promotes American freedoms and constitutional civil liberties; And, whereas the particular rights to peaceably assemble and speak freely are essential to the collective exercise by working families and their unions of their rights to organize and to bargain collectively; And, whereas the Alameda Labor Council advances the struggles for justice by organized labor, and others seeking fairness and equality including previously expressing support for the [Continue Reading]
The Congressional races in CD 15 (most of southern Alameda county) and CD 17 (Fremont/Newark & northern Santa Clara county) have suddenly become much more interesting with the addition of bonafide Republican candidates. In CD 15, State Senator Ellen Corbett has issued a challenge to incumbent Eric Swalwell from the left. Swalwell ran against long-time Congressman Pete Stark in 2012 by presenting a clear challenge from the right and rallying Republican votes. He was helped in that endeavor by the lack of a Republican candidate in the race. Since then, Swalwell has turned to the Democratic center. He’s become an [Continue Reading]